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Thomas Nelson Conrad

Author

Thomas Nelson Conrad (August 1, 1837 – January 5, 1905) of Fairfax Court House, Virginia was the third president of Virginia Tech (then Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. He played an active role in influencing Blacksburg as the location of choice for the new college. Prior to his presidency, he taught at Preston and Olin Institute in 1871. Conrad received his bachelors degree from Dickinson College. He fought against the United States during the Civil War. There were many changes at VMAC under Minor. The college switched from semesters to the quarter system which remained in place until the late 1980s. The college's new librarian spent $2,229.96 entirely on books of fiction and poetry and a museum was opened. For the first time ever, the school’s farm became financially successful.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1837-08-01
Place of birth
Fairfax

Education

Institution From To
Dickinson College

Death

Date of death
1905

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